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Liam Niemeyer

Liam Niemeyer

Liam covers government and policy in Kentucky and its impacts throughout the Commonwealth for the Kentucky Lantern. He most recently spent four years reporting award-winning stories for WKMS Public Radio in Murray.

Kentucky House impeachment committee convenes to investigate scandal-plagued prosecutors

By: - January 5, 2023

A Kentucky House committee charged with investigating whether there is sufficient evidence to recommend impeachment of two prosecutors — each one facing separate scandals — convened Thursday evening.  House Majority Floor Whip Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, filed two resolutions initiating the formal impeachment process in the first days of this year’s legislative session against two […]

Income tax cut, a GOP priority, sails out of Kentucky House

By: - January 5, 2023

FRANKFORT — A bill that would continue to cut the income tax in Kentucky, a top Republican priority, sailed out of the House on a party-line 79-19 vote Thursday afternoon. The vote, which was followed by applause on the floor, took place on the third day of the session and about six hours after House […]

Biden, McConnell, governors trumpet bipartisan funding for Ohio River bridge

By: - January 4, 2023

COVINGTON — President Joe Biden, joined by senators and governors from both sides of the political aisle and the Ohio River, came to Kentucky Wednesday to celebrate the bipartisanship that’s bringing a long-awaited upgrade of the Brent Spence Bridge and other critical infrastructure around the country. “A bridge built over half a century ago, having […]

House GOP Whip Nemes seeking impeachment of Eastern Kentucky prosecutor over nude photo scandal

By: - January 3, 2023

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky Republican lawmaker filed a resolution Tuesday aimed at impeaching an Eastern Kentucky prosecutor accused of trading favors to a defendant in exchange for nude photos and videos of the defendant.  The resolution by Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, targets Ronnie Goldy, the commonwealth’s attorney for the 21st Judicial Circuit serving Rowan, Menifee, […]

Kentucky House GOP plans to pass income tax cut this week

By: and - January 3, 2023

FRANKFORT — Republican House Speaker David Osborne says his GOP supermajority in the House of Representatives plans to pass a bill this week that would continue to cut the state’s income tax, a big priority that GOP leadership telegraphed well ahead of this year’s legislative session.  Osborne on the first day of the legislative session […]

Some Kentuckians push their power supplier to prioritize greener energy over coal

By: - January 3, 2023

Bill Conn was thinking of his two children when he wrote an email in December to the Kentucky Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates more than 1,000 utilities. The Whitley County teacher counts Eastern Kentucky coal miners among his ancestors, a history that’s near and dear to his heart. As recently as 1988, […]

Kentuckians encouraged to challenge accuracy of new broadband map

By: - December 28, 2022

Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to challenge the accuracy of a new federal broadband availability map that will help determine how billions of federal dollars for broadband deployment will be allocated among states.  The Federal Communications Commission in November released a proposed online interactive map that lists available internet providers and the maximum advertised […]

‘Practice tolerance and grace’: Kentucky senator says her transgender son has died

By: - December 20, 2022

This article mentions suicide. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 988. A Kentucky state senator announced Tuesday her transgender son, who fought for LGBTQ rights, has died by suicide.  Sen. Karen Berg, D-Louisville, in a statement shared on social media by Kentucky Senate Democrats, said 24-year-old Henry Berg-Bousseau was “a beloved son, brother, […]

Criticism greets LG&E/KU plan to replace coal-fired power plants with natural gas, solar

By: - December 16, 2022

Kentucky’s largest utility, providing power to more than 1.3 million customers, is proposing to build two natural gas plants along with new solar installations to help make up for an energy supply shortfall created by the retirement of coal-fired power plants. It’s a plan that advocates of both coal and renewable energy in Kentucky strongly […]

Kentuckians will gather this weekend to mark first anniversary of tornado outbreak

By: - December 8, 2022

Western Kentucky communities that were devastated by a violent tornado outbreak last year are marking the one-year anniversary of the natural disaster this weekend with gatherings in churches, candlelight vigils and more. For elected officials and other community members organizing the events, it’s a chance to remember what was lost — lives, entire streets of […]

Fewer than a third of low-income Kentuckians eligible for home energy assistance get it

By: - December 7, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Kentuckians are eligible for a federal program to help with their heating bills as energy prices are expected to be higher this winter. Yet those on the frontlines of signing up Kentuckians for the program say there are barriers to reaching all who need such assistance.  The Low-Income Home Energy […]

Lack of bidders increasing costs to plug abandoned oil and gas wells in Kentucky

By: - December 5, 2022

Contractors  have started plugging some of the thousands of oil and gas wells abandoned by the fossil fuel industry across Kentucky, using new federal funding. But a lack of companies able or willing to bid on the work is increasing costs, a Kentucky official said recently.  Kentucky received an initial $25 million grant through the […]